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Do you wear sandals?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

When I had an appointment with my podiatrist to have a plantar wart treated, she told me that I have hammer toes from wearing shoes that cramp my toes. For those of you who don't know, hammer toes are when your toes curled up from being in shoes without sufficient toe room. Anyway, she said to get shoes that are a half size larger. She also advised me to get some sandals, the ones with a strap around the toes, not the ones with a post between the toes.

I visited the shoe store and bought my first pair of sandals, the Teva Men's Toachi 2 Outdoor Performance Sandal. Wow! It is really different wearing sandals! I walked yesterday for 30 minutes in the new sandals, and it was like learning to walk all over again. My body mechanics are completely different wearing the sandals.

I used socks at first, but will experiment without the socks. The sandals were expensive, retailing for $95, but I wanted to get a good pair for when I walk for exercise. Already my feet are adjusting, so that my regular shoes feel cramped and uncomfortable! Here is a photo of my feet in the new sandals.



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  • v MARKSTIPANOVSKY
    Berkenstocks sell fantastic sandals... Not sure where in America - google Berkenstocks as they are great... +Mark
    1545 days ago
  • v GROKGRANNY
    Once you get used to them, Conrad, I think you'll feel better. Your tootsies will have "wiggle room!"

    Before I retired this Spring, I wore my Vibram 5 Fingers to school (as a joke...we had a boy in our Autism room who has a foot fetish and we were told to wear "shoes.") Oh, I wore SHOES alright! lol

    When Josh first saw them, he hesitantly approached my feet. Very curious. He had not seen anything quite like it! Then he hesitantly touched them. As soon as he touched them, I wiggled my toes, and that made him recoil!

    I like the 5 Fingers but they can be hot. For me, they are more of a Spring/Fall thing. But, from mid April thru mid October I wear sandals and barefoot in the house. My slippers are Keens...very roomy.

    That's the main thing. Gotta have enough room. My husband also has hammer toes and is finally now wearing a bigger size for relief. His developed while a child, with his mother leaving him in his shoes too long (money was tight) before going up a size.

    Good luck to you!


    1550 days ago
  • v BOOKWORM27S
    That makes a lot of sense!

    Here in Texas, we can get away with wearing sandals at least 8 months out of the year.
    1551 days ago
  • v ERINMARIE424
    I just recently got a pair like yours and love them! I have been wearing Nike gel sandals for a couple of years now too. They have a post between the toes but it does not bother me. They are so comfortable!

    Glad you found a pair that fits your needs!
    1553 days ago
  • v WOLFSPIRITMOM
    I would love to but can't at work. Don't think they would help with support when I have to stand for 8 hours. Glad you have found relief!
    1553 days ago
  • v EGALITAIRE
    Sandals year round for me too - more closed toe for formal events, open toe the rest of the time. I despise socks - bare foot as much as possible - always in the house.

    Sometimes snow in the sandals is a little uncomfortable, but can be tolerated if just going to the car.
    1554 days ago
  • v CINDYTW
    I love sandals! I would wear them year round in Florida! I have long toes so I often feel restricted by shoes.
    1554 days ago
  • v GATORJOY
    I love sandals! However, I do have a small problem sometimes, they tend to make my feet dry, which causes cracks and the bottom of my feet become very tough. Soaking my feet helps, as does cream or wearing socks. Just letting you know..... I have some Teva's which are similar to yours. I have several pairs of sandals, in different styles, some flip flops as well. I love wearing them, but I do wish my feet would not get so dry.
    1554 days ago
  • v ARLENE_MOVES
    I can't believe the shoes I used to wear. Spikes, pointed toes, etc. What a pain, literally! So glad I finally got smart. Nice looking feet, btw! emoticon
    1554 days ago
  • v HOUNDLOVER1
    Conrad,
    I think you are moving in the right direction! I'm a big believer in going barefoot as much as possible and I only wear minimalist shoes anymore that have no heel, no cushioning or support and a large toe box with plenty of room for toes to spread out. The least expensive shoes to use that work for this are inexpensive aqua shoes. If you want to see some examples check out the website birthdayshoes.com
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    1554 days ago
  • v LINDAMARIEZ1
    Don't laugh! I wear sandals all year round (I live in Ohio). I just wear sox with them in the winter! I am diabetic and the no touching feels just fine to me! I am not a vain person! comfort before beauty! emoticon
    1554 days ago
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